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Symptoms Of Cervical Rib Syndrome
Pain, numbness: Thoracic outlet syndrome can affect the vein, artery or nerves of the arms. Symptoms can include swelling of the arms, (vein compression) pain or numbness when using the arms overhead, or pain that can extend from the neck or shoulder down to the hands or fingers. Most symptoms are aggravated by doing things that narrow the space where vein, atery and nerve travelling to the arm are. ...Read more
Yes: Isolated First rib fractures are rare , yes if it happens other organs and structures will e involved ...Read more
Nerves are pinched: Thoracic outlet is the result of the big nerves and blood vessels in the neck and chest being pinched by the muscles and bones at the top of the rib cage as they exit towards the arms. A cervical rib is just one cause of this problem. It can be treated with physical therapy or surgery. ...Read more
If scapular instability is the cause of thoracic outlet syndrome, would rib resection/scalenectomy resolve neck & scapula pain?
More complex: Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery includes, often, first rib resection and/or scalenectomy, but there are different surgical approaches and also, pectoralis minor decompressions. Scapular instability may or may not be present, and this may represent problems in the upper brachial plexus. Since this is so individualized and particular in most cases, best to discuss with experienced vascular surg. ...Read more
Could straightening of the cervical lordosis and anterolesthesis be associated with ehlers-danlos syndrome?
1st rib fx & TOS: Trauamtic 1st rib fractures can contribute to TOS especially when there is a non-union (fracture pieces do not heal back together as one unit. Pieces press on vessels & nerves). Hemorrhage from the fracture into the thoracic outlet can also contribute to TOS (compression of vessels & nerves by blood). ...Read more
Muscle imbalances: Imo tos results from superior trapezius (st) weak & collar bone droops toward first rib closing costoclavicular space (between these bones) clipping artery & nerves to arm. Weak st conscripts neighbor levator scapulae (ls) to burden lifting scapula (sc) & 20 lb. Arm. Long & narrow, ls incurs chronic spasm, tendonitis at insertion on superior sc spine (pick-like), & snapping as shoulder rotates. ...Read more
Maybe transient: Many cases of tos respond to physical therapy, feldenkreis postural therapies, or even chiropractic. Therefore, presence of pain is merely a symptom and can potentially be reversed. Only about 10-15% of patients are considered surgical candidates, but with newer techniques, outcomes are highly favourable these days if patients have positive EMG studies. ...Read more
See bekiw: Crps is a poorly understood condition. It is associated with either major or minor injury, usually to an extremity. It can also be associated with nerve injury. The symptoms are severe pain, sensitivity to even light touch, abnormalities of sweating and swelling and redness. The treatment usually involves aggressive physical therapy, medications and sometimes particular types of nerve blocks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Crowding: Pressure on brachial plexus the nerves from the spinal cord to arm become a group of nerves called the brachial plexus it is compressed by a crowding from an extra rib on top of the rib cage 1st rib or extra cervical rib the working theory goes adfitionally vascular compression of brachial artery or vein can produce arm symptoms nerve pain can extend proximal to neck or distal to arm and hand. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain, numb, weak: A brachial plexus injury is a nerve injury. Resulting symptoms can include nerve pain (typically a burning sensation), numbness, tingling and weakness of the upper extremity. Fortunately, most brachial plexus injuries heal simply with time, in a matter of hours to months, depending on severity. Treatment of your symptoms can be directed by your physician. ...Read more
Loose Joints: Sometimes referred to as "loose joints, " and those affected are referred to as being "double jointed." often joint hypermobility causes no symptoms and requires no treatment. When present symptoms of the joint hypermobility include pain and instability in the hypermobile joints such as the: knees, fingers, hips, and elbows. Treatments are customized for each individual based on symptoms. ...Read more